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New Titles Autumn 2013






Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits - $18.95 - 11/13

Andrew Schloss. With the author’s innovative recipes, it’s fun, easy, and safe to make and enjoy liqueurs or cordials at home. Includes clone recipes for 21 big-name brand drinks, as well as 136 more recipes for intriguing and original flavor combinations.  Also includes 80 recipes for cocktails that use liqueurs. Paper, 288 pp, full color photos throughout. Storey


Real Cidermaking on a Small Scale - $12.95

Michael Pooley & John Lomax. An introduction to producing cider at home. Cider making is part of a rich tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Now you can make yourself a part of this tradition by becoming an at-home cider maker. This book will teach you everything you need to know about the process of making hard cider from any kind of apple. Learn how to build your own cider press, how to ferment the cider, and how to store it for enjoyment year-round. Also includes recipes, tips for preserving apple juice that you don't want to ferment, and instructions for making perry, or pear cider. Whether you plan on using apples from the tree in your backyard or from the local supermarket, you are sure to be satisfied with the results. Don't miss your chance to become a cidermaking expert and enjoy the rewards of your labor all year long. Paperback, 112p, illus. Fox Chapel Press




Cheese & Dairy - $19.95

Dick and James Strawbridge. Uncomplicated and easy to understand format marks this book. Preliminary information on setting up a dairy in a home kitchen, cooking, airing, drying, and aging, equipment needs, and using starter cultures. Main sections include Milk & Cream, Butter, Yogurt, and Cheese Tr pb, 176 pp, color photos throughout, glossary, resources, index. Firefly Books


Culinary Recipes of Medieval England –$60 - 12/13

Constance Hieatt. The great advantage for students of medieval English cookery is that there is an identifiable corpus of evidence in the manuscripts that have survived to the present day. Although there may be some new discoveries, in general terms the corpus is relatively stable. The beauty of this book is that it addresses the corpus as a whole and abstracts from it paradigm recipes for every medieval dish that we know about. With this book therefore a student can ask ‘How did they cook rabbit stew?’ and find a definitive answer, in modern English, with full references. This is a great step forward and the book will stand as a monument to the untiring efforts of the late Constance Hieatt to understand and interpret English cookery of the middle ages. The book is organized by category of dish (Pottage; Meat Dishes; Poultry and Game Birds; Fish; Eggs and Dairy Dishes; Sauces and Condiments, and Baked Dishes). For each dish the editor has chosen what is in her view the most typical example and, citing the source, translates the original text.  Hard cover, 240 pp. Prospect Books.


Delights From The Garden of Eden; A cookbook & History of the Iraqi Cuisine - $49.95

Nawal Nasrallah. Originally self-published in 2003, this book by renowned Middle Eastern expert Nasrallah became an underground bestseller. This new edition, fully revised and updated, shows the diversity of the region’s traditional food. Traces the development of Iraqi cuisine from ancient Mesopotamia to the present. Profusely illustrated. Hardcover, more than 400 recipes, 574 pp. Equinox Publishing.


Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire - $29.95

Carsten Bothe. Now you can join this popular cult, creating many wonderful dishes in your ‘black pot’. Simple directions make cooking easy and fun, even for a beginner. Paperback, 176 pp., 147 color images. Schiffer


An Early Meal – a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey - $45

Daniel Serra & Hanna Tunberg. From festive meals to mundane travelers’ fare, this book offers a journey across the Viking Age world in search of the food that may have been eaten in Scandinavia 1000 years ago. Based on archeological finds and experimental archeology, this book gives you mouth-watering recipes, and new insights into Viking Age cuisine. Recipes represent seven different regions, from Lofoten in the north of Jorvik in the south. Hardcover, 192 pp, 80 illus and color photos, 44 recipes, bibliog. ChronoCopia Publications.


Feast of Ice & Fire - $35

George R. R. Martin’s bestselling saga A Song of Ice and Fire and the runaway hit HBO series Game of Thrones are renowned for bringing Westeros’s sights and sounds to vivid life. Now comes the cookbook that opens the door to the foods of those lands. A project from superfans and amateur chefs Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer—and endorsed by George R. R. Martin himself—A Feast of Ice and Fire lovingly replicates a stunning range of cuisines from across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. From the sumptuous delicacies enjoyed in the halls of power at King’s Landing, to the warm and smoky comfort foods of the frozen North, to the rich, exotic fare of the mysterious lands east of Westeros, there’s a flavor for every palate, and a treat for every chef. These easy-to-follow recipes have been refined for modern cooking techniques, but adventurous eaters can also attempt the authentic medieval meals that inspired them... Exhaustively researched and reverently detailed, accompanied by full-color photographs guaranteed to whet your appetite. Hardcover, more than 100 recipes, dw, 240 pp. Random House

Great Balls of Cheese  - $17.99

Michelle Buffardi. Updated for contemporary taste, the author’s cheese balls come in both savoryand sweet flavors. Many of the recipes, photographed in gorgeous full color, are in adorable shapes for all kind of occasions. Perfect for food lovers with crafty flair or anyone who loves to entertain. More than 50 recipes, hardcover, 128 pp, full color photos throughout. Houghton Mifflin


High SocietyDinners: Dining in Tsarist Russia - $60

Yori Lotman et al. The book offers extraordinary insight into the domestic arrangements of the Russian aristocracy, presenting six months’ worth of menus served in St Petersburg to the guests of Pavel Durnovo (1804–64), Grand Equerry to the Tsar, businessman and politician, part of an important late-19th-century dynasty that included ministers and high officials. The menus themselves would be useful enough for what they reveal about culinary culture in Russia, but it is the academic commentary in the introductory essay that is so invaluable, dissecting the choice of dishes, the dining rituals and the social circles of the participants. The second part is a transcript of one year’s menus and guest lists interspersed with extracts from family letters and journals. Taken with the extensive contemporary illustrations, the book offers extraordinary insight into the domestic arrangements of the Russian aristocracy. Hardcover, 400 pp, b/w iilus. Prospect Books


History of Food in 100 Recipes - $35

William Sitwell. A riveting narrative history of food as seen through 100 recipes, from ancient Egyptian bread to modernist cuisine. Most people have a favorite ingredient or dish. But how many of us know where our much-loved recipes come from, who invented them, and how they were originally cooked? This book explores the fascinating history of cuisine from the first cookbook to the first cupcake, from the invention of the sandwich to the rise of food television. A book A book for browsing as well as a collection of recipes. Hardcover, 360 pp.


Medieval Cook - $24.95

Bridget Ann Henisch.  Now available in paperback!


New Persian Kitchen - $24.95

Louisa Shafia. A sumptuous volume based on the seasonal foods of Iran. Features dozens of recipes for traditional and modern dishes. Hardcover, 208pp, numerous illustrations. Random House.


Scheherazade’s Feasts - $19.95

Habeeb Salloum, Mina Salloum, & Leila Salloum-Elias. The author of the thirteenth-century Arabic cookbook Kitāb al-abīkh proposed that food was among the foremost pleasures in life. Scheherazade's Feasts invites adventurous cooks to test this hypothesis. From the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, the influence and power of the medieval Islamic world stretched from the Middle East to the Iberian Peninsula, and this Golden Age gave rise to great innovation in gastronomy no less than in science, philosophy, and literature. The medieval Arab culinary empire was vast and varied: with trade and conquest came riches, abundance, new ingredients, and new ideas. The emergence of a luxurious cuisine in this period inspired an extensive body of literature: poets penned lyrics to the beauty of asparagus or the aroma of crushed almonds; nobles documented the dining customs obliged by etiquette and opulence; manuals prescribed meal plans to deepen the pleasure of eating and curtail digestive distress. Drawing on this wealth of material, this book presents more than 100 recipes for food and drink of all kinds, easy to follow and delicious. Hardcover, 256 pp, University of Pennsylvania Press


The Shakespeare Cookbook - $22.95

Andrew & Maureen Dalby. A beautifully illustrated cookbook revealing what people were really eating in Shakespeare’s time, this book features fifty original menus and recipes from 16th and 17th century cookbooks. Includes fully tested adaptations of the original recipes. Hardcover, dw, 144pp, index. British Museum Press.


Sweet Delights from a Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Traditional Arab Sweets - $29.00

Habeeb and Mina Salloum, Leila Salloum Elias. A celebration of the lesser-known culinary sweets combines traditional recipes, modern versions, and rich cultural stories from the 10th through the 14th centuries while tracing the development and influence of sweet dishes throughout non-Arabic lands. Hardcover, 272 pp, index, extensive bibliog., glossary, 32 color photos. I.B. Tauris


Ultimate Guide to Sugarcraft - $39.95

Janice Murfitt et al. This volume teaches how to make perfect cakes, icings, & frostings, as well as ribbon work, frills, collars, lettering, modeling, and piped decorations. A second section expands on this base, including tube & brush embroidery, lace, figure modeling, sugar-flower sprays, bas relief, pastillage & filigree. Lavishly illustrated with color photos. Six authors display their expertise in their fields of sugar craft. Flapped paperback, 504 pp. Tuttle


Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook An Epic Culinary Journey to the Heart of Westeros! - $19.95

Alan Kistler. Eat like a Lannister. Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, it's all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life. A somewhat more modest attempt to bring to life the foods so vividly described by George R R Martin in his Game of Thrones series. Hardcover, 256 pp., bibliog. Adams Media


Before the Kilt - $29.95

Gerald A John Kelly. The purpose of this book is to use 16th century sources to provide in a single volume the most comprehensive and accurate description so far available of 16th century Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic clothing. Accordingly, this book presents and examines the watercolors, woodcuts, and manuscript illuminations of Lucas de Heere, Albrecht Dürer, the Ashmoleum Museum, Raphael Holinshed, John Derrick, and more. It also presents and examines the reports on Gaelic dress written in the 16th century by Nicolay d'Arfeville, John Lesley, Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie, John Major, Jean de Beaugué, George Buchanan, Lughaidh Ó Cléirigh, and William Camden. As a result of this extensive process of compilation and analysis, the author specifically identifies the most accurate 16th century illustrations of Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic clothing. He also presents damning evidence that the most widespread images (and long considered the most important images) of 16th century Irish men and women are, to a large degree, a fraud perpetrated by a single 16th century propagandist - John Derrick. As an added bonus, the author includes a full chapter devoted to the law, custom, tradition, and worldview of the Irish Gaeil and Scottish Gaeil who wore these clothes. Paperback, 124 pages, 22 full color illus, 25 b/w. Druid Press


Embellishments - $35.00

Astrida Schaeffer, foreword by Lisa MacFarlane. This book highlights ten Victorian dresses from the “Embellishments” exhibit at UNH, and analyzes their design elements in depth. Each item has been closely examined, taking advantage of places where threads have loosened over time to peer at the back side of trims, searching garment interiors, and studying fabric grain lines and seams for clues on construction. Lush, full color photos of full-length gowns and close-up views of construction details are paired with descriptions, clear diagrams, and instructions for a book you can use and enjoy on many levels. Tr paper, glossary, appendix of stitch diagrams, garments and period print resources list, 107pp. Great Life Press.


In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion   - $75

Anna Reynolds.  For those truly hooked on Tudor and Stuart garments, this fabulous book brings you amazing illustrations of the garb. The glorious pictures fill whole pages. The detail is marvelous. Often, a whole portrait is shown, then a close-up of it, then a close-up of the close-up. On a miniature painted of Elizabeth I, you can see the little drops of enamel and the tiny jewels glued into her crown. Areas of interest: reenacting and historic costumes, needlework, history and portraiture. By far, the most important word in the title of the book is ART. Because there is a dearth of extant clothing from the 16th and 17th centuries, the author relies on the paintings of the day to illustrate the items of dress. The front cover tells you everything: it's all about the style and how it was conveyed in the over-the-top luxury of the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Hardcover, dust jacket, 288 pp, full color photos. Royal Trust Collection.


Medieval Clothing & Textiles Volume 9 - $60

Robin Netherton & Gale Owen-Crocker. Topics in this volume range widely throughout the European middle ages. Three contributions concern terminology for dress. Two deal with multicultural medieval Apulia: an examination of clothing terms in surviving marriage contracts from the tenth to the fourteenth century, and a close focus on an illuminated document made for a prestigious wedding. There is an analysis of clothing materials from Norway and Sweden according to gender and social distribution. Further papers consider the economic uses of cloth and clothing: wool production and the dress of the Cistercian community at Beaulieu Abbey based on its 1269-1270 account book, and the use of clothing as pledge or payment in medieval Ireland. In addition, there is a consideration of the history of dagged clothing and its negative significance to moralists, and of the painted hangings that were common in homes of all classes in the sixteenth century. Hardcover, 11 b/w & 7 line illus, 192 pp. Boydell & Brewer


Seventeenth Century Women’s Dress Patterns, Volume 2 - $65

Jenny Tiramani & Susan North. A worthy successor to their earlier volume. Book Two in the V&A’s groundbreaking new series presents 17 patterns for garments and accessories from a 17th-century woman’s wardrobe. It includes patterns for a loose gown, a jacket, a pair of stays and a boned bodice, ivory and wooden busks, shoes, a hat, a stomacher, linen bands and supporters, a bag, and a knife case. It also features a description of the stay-making process. Full step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence are given for each garment to enable the reader to accurately reconstruct them. There are scale patterns and diagrams for making linen and metal thread laces and embroidery designs. Multiple photographs of the objects, close-up construction details and X-ray photography reveal the hidden elements of the clothes, the precise number of layers and the stitches used inside. Hardcover, numerous illustrations, x-rays, and photos, 160pp. Victoria & Albert Museum


Survey of Late Sixteenth/Early Seventeenth Century Embroidered Jackets - $5

Aimee Kratts. A monograph for costume historians and historical re-enactors. Author abstract: “Images of English embroidered jackets are available online and in print, but to date no one has published a comparative study of these jackets or a reference book of the shapes.  In this document, I have gathered information about twenty-five late sixteenth/early seventeenth century jackets and jacket fragments to compare the shapes, embroidery patterns and construction details.” Illus with b/w photos & line drawings. Bibliog, list of reference portraits, notes. 58pp, perfect bound. SCA


Tudor Child: Clothing and Culture 1485 to 1625 - $60

Jane Huggett & Ninya Mikhaila. Thorough, carefully researched text, and beautiful reproductions of relevant paintings and other period sources.210 color illustrations, 126 detailed illustrations, 53 patterns. The book is illustrated with sumptuous reproductions of paintings from museum collections, specially commissioned photographs of reconstructed garments, and detailed drawings and diagrams showing styles appropriate to different ages, ranks, and eras from 1485 to 1625.


 Arts & Skills


Earthen Pigments: Hand-Gathering & Using Natural Colors in Art. - $19.95

Sandy Webster. Through recipes & illustrations, learn how to turn hand-gathered pigments into a variety of artistic media from water-based paints to wax crayons, oils, pastels, and print-making inks. A wonderful resource for artists & craftspeople. Paperback, 38 drawings, 64 pp. Schiffer


Encyclopedia of Knots And Fancy Rope Work - $39.95

Raoul Graumont & John Hensel. 4th Edition. Comprehensive history of knots and rope making with how-to instructions for tying and making useful and decorative articles with rope. More than 3,600 knots described and illustrated in 348 full-color plates. Hard cover, 704 pp. Schiffer


Fine Art of Marquetry - $16.95

Craig Vandall Stevens. Creating images in wood using sawn veneers. An illustrated guide to marquetry, a technique where different colors of wood veneer are used to fit precisely together to produce a single sheet of veneer. Hardcover, 160 pp., 820 color photos. Schiffer


Gold: Gilding History and Techniques - $19.95

Kirsten Beuster. This lavishly illustrated book includes the history of gold crafting and demonstrates the most important techniques of gilding. Technical details are shown in hundreds of studio photos. Paperback, 112 pp. Schiffer


Handweaver’s Pattern Directory - $34.95

Anne Dixon. Over 600 weaves for four-shaft looms. Create wonderful woven fabric with this practical guide. From basic four-shaft structures to block drafts and double weaves, choose from a wide range of herringbone, twill, zigzag, and diamond designs. Each weave features a clear photographed color swatch as well as an easy-to-follow color chart indicating the threading sequence and order of work. Material on finishing, glossary, index, resources list, 256pp, spiral inside board covers. Interweave Press


Introduction to Bobbin Lace - $35.00

Rosemary Shepherd. 7th printing. Contains extensive diagrams and exercises which teach the basic techniques of lace making, beginning with information on equipment and materials, and detailed instructions on preparing to work, including pattern construction.  Tr paper, perfect bound, 112pp, index, graph papers, reading list, sources. Lace Press


Pattern Weaving - $19.95

Rabbit Goody. Basics for the hand loom. Includes basic instructions to weave luxurious patterns on a foot-treadle loom, tips and variations for exploring creative weaving ideas, step-by-step color photos of the processes, and many projects. Paper, 203 color photos, 128 pp. Stackpole Books


Weft-Faced Pattern Weaves: Tabby to Taquete - $39.95

Nancy Arthur Hoskins. Comprehensive guide to weft-faced patterns. Learn how to plan, predict, and weave colorful, rhythmical patterns, charming folk figures, and geometric designs in fabrics that are decorative and durable. Directions, patterns, and tips are provided. Engaging and informative text accompany diagrams, illustrated samplers, and drafts with threading, tie-up, treadling, and drawdowns. b/w ilus throughout, color photos of finished samples, extensive bibliog., index, source list. Spiral within board covers, 352pp. Schiffer




Galateo, or, The Rules of Polite Behavior - $15

Edited and translated by M. F. Rusnak. This is a 16th century treatise on polite behavior written by Giovanni Della Casa for the benefit of his nephew, a young Florentine destined for greatness. As relevant today as it was then, this book deals with such varied subjects as dress codes, charming conversation and off-color jokes, eating habits and hairstyles, and literary language. More than a mere etiquette book, this restored edition will be entertaining (and even useful) for anyone making their way in modern polite society. Hardcover, 104 pp, 4 halftones. University of Chicago Press


Pennsic War – VIDEO - $19.95

Reissue of this DVD suitable for showing at demos. Beautifully produced, with excellent music background. Watch This Space.


Return to Pennsic - VIDEO Limited Preview Edition- $14.95

A video documentary, with music by Ken Weissman and performances by Wolgemut, Sick, and Clan Tynker. A long time ago, a young man from Brooklyn helped a small team of videographers create a documentary of the SCA’s 20th Pennsic War. Twenty years later, he returned to Pennsic, with a friend who had no idea what he was getting himself into. Join Lord Ervald the Optimistic  and “Simply the Best” G.A. West as they experience Pennsic from two vastly different viewpoints. This preview edition is limited to 100 copies, and comes with an $8 off coupon for any subsequent edition of “Return to Pennsic.” Watch This Space


The St. Albans Psalter: Painting and Prayer in Medieval England - $25.00

Kristen Collins, Peter, Kidd, and Nancy Turner. This book is one of the most important, famous, and puzzling books produced in 12th century England. The manuscript’s illustrations signal the arrival of the Romanesque style. The psalter includes more than40 full color illuminations and over 200 historical initials. Published for the exhibition at the Gerry Museum (9/20/13 through 2/2/14.) Paper, 104 pp, 94 color and 2 b/w illus. Getty


Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and Russian Tsars - $45

Teresa Murdoch & Olga Dimitrieva. This beautiful book explores the diplomatic, trade and cultural exchanges between the courts of Britain and Russia, from the reign of Henry VIII to the death of Charles II. Through the material life of the courts, the gifts of the diplomats and the commissions of the monarchs, the book presents an overview of privileged living in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - illustrating the material life of the leading personalities of the period. Engaging and authoritative, Treasures of the Royal Courts uses superb new photography to illustrate chapters on diplomacy, silver, portraits, miniatures, arms and armour, heraldry, textiles and jewelry by experts from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Kremlin Museum, Moscow. Hardcover, dw, 176 pp. Victoria & Albert Museum.


U.S. Against the World - $14.95

America’s first team at Europe’s oldest Sport! With music by Wolgemut and Ken Weissman. In 2012, the first America team went to the Battle of the Nations, the world championships of medieval armored combat, to test their mettle against teams from around the world. This video records the performance of Team USA in singles bouts and melees, showing the team’s toughness, enthusiasm, chivalry, and good will. Includes an interview with the team’s field commander, Andre Sinou, about the development of the team. Watch This Space.




Art of Steampunk - $19.95

Art Donovan. 2nd edition, revised and expanded. Fox Chapel Press


The Steampunk Gazette - $24.99

Major Thaddeus Tinker. This book explores the movement's international reach, treating readers to the latest news from the forefront of the Steampunk movement, with approximately 500 of the book's 700 photos specially commissioned and absolutely unique to it. Within this book's pages you'll discover a travel section titled News from Everywhere, which presents ideas about places to visit and fascinating information about iconic Steampunk personalities from many different countries. You'll also enjoy perusing sections describing women's and men's fashion; guns, computers and gadgets; home furnishings; art, literature, film, television, and music; and Steampunk social events, conventions, symposiums, and leisure activities. Hardcover, 256pp. Barron’s Educational Series.